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A&E develops Repreve recycled thread for activewear

Building on its relationship with US yarn maker Unifi, sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a new recycled polyester sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre and designed for use in athletic wear and high-performance apparel.

Magic using Repreve, a recycled, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread, provides a sustainable option for manufacturers in the sewing of performance apparel, activewear, athleisure, and intimate apparel, says A&E.

The move builds on the success of Perma Core using Repreve, a recycled core spun industrial sewing thread launched in March in partnership with Unifi, which turns plastic bottles into 100% recycled polyester fibre.

Commitment to sustainability is one of A&E's company pillars. It recently expanded its number of Zero-Waste-to-Landfill facilities to 16, and joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme as a value chain affiliate.

Bringing together leading global clothing and footwear brands including Adidas, Benetton, C&A, Gap Inc, H&M, and Inditex, the ZDHC group is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020.

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